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fairfax county over the last 21 years, and as our children have grown, they have constantly impressed us with their dedication to service and improving the lives of others. it is also those values that shaped me as a person and drove my decision to run for governor. [cheers and applause] in four years, we will all gather again here at jefferson's capital to welcome the next governor of the commonwealth. the she or he takes office, oath of office, i am confident, they will begin to lead a commonwealth with broader opportunity and growing 20% three industries. it will lead a commonwealth that have expanded advantages in pre- k 312.-- in pre- commonwealthd a
that strives to keep all of its families healthy. they will lead a commonwealth that never stands still on the road to greater equality or all our people, and they will lead a commonwealth that will deliver those results in a manner worthy of the virginia way. [cheers and applause] the impediments to consensus are well known. ideology, personal political ambition, partisanship, or score settling. identifying the roadblocks is not a challenge. what is hard is having the humility to admit that each of us has allowed these impediments to influence our decisions, and even more challenging is having the foresight to put them aside for the greater good.
as i said on election night, the test of my commitment to finding common ground in virginia will not be a speech at an inauguration. it will be my actions in office. i suspect those who did not support me in the member to hold a two-mile word. no one was served as an elected official can look back and wish that they had been more rigid, more ideological, or more partisan, and long after giving up elected office, describing himself as "near the end of my voyage congo thomas jefferson -- my voyage," thomas jefferson wrote it requires much compromise of opinion. [cheers and applause] mr. speaker, delegates, and
senators, these next four years will be our moment to again show americans what can be accomplished by mainstream leaders and to show virginians that we will live up to their -drivention of consensus process. [cheers and applause] in washington today, the talk of consensus and same quaint, it was three, or even naïve, but in virginia, political progress in a divided government is a tradition that we must continue. i will work to live up to that tradition. now i begin serving my term with humility, to the accomplishments of my predecessors, and to the gratitude of all people of a virginia. thank you, and may god bless the commonwealth of virginia. [cheers and applause]
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who complete their service on this day. , wellspring of tradition, we stand today on the parted shores of history, aware of our receiving past, uncertain of what lies ahead tomorrow, awaken us to this new day, disturb us by what we have yet to repair in this broken world. thrill us by our accomplishments and inspire us to join with governor mcauliffe in seeking the promise of our first families and our most recent arrivals. let our hearts be filled with steepedon, our thoughts in wisdom, our willpower strengthened with confidence to see our elders sustained, our children nurtured, and people of every age and circumstance from the blue ridge to the chesapeake standing on common ground for virginia. four you are called by a multitude of game -- of names,
bring on your blessing on this multitude of people. keep us in life, sustain us, and enable us to reach such moments as these. >> the senator from arlington. [inaudible] >> the motion is agreed to. [laughter] the senator from frankly, senator stanley. -- i nowthat this move move that this joint assembly adjourned. motion is agreed to. the joint assembly is adjourned. on behalf of the general assembly, i invite each of you thetay and remain to view
inaugural parade. please remain in your seats. the inaugural parade will begin momentarily. the house and the senate may now adjourned to their respected houses here on the portico. [cheers and applause] >> an historic day in richmond, virginia -- governors virginia inauguration ceremony will repair tonight at 8:35 p.m. eastern here on c-span. a look now at an article from the associated press about the death of former israeli prime
minister ariel sharon. he served as prime minister from 2001 to 2006 before suffering a stroke that left him in a comatose state for the last eight years. the ap writes -- as one of israel's most famous soldiers, sharon was known for bold tactics and occasional refusal to obey orders. as a politician, he became known as the "bulldozer," and man contemptuous of this credit will also capable of getting things done. and on twitter, there is reaction to ariel sharon's passing with members of congress having the following to say -- saddened to learn of the death of former israeli prime minister ariel sharon. may we continue working toward the lasting peace he worked so hard to achieve. new hampshire senator kelly ayotte says -- deeply saddened by passing of a real sharon, a courageous leader who devoted his life to pursuing security for the israeli people.
ariel --ority leader eric cantor calling sharon a giant of a leader of israel, a skilled warrior in battle and a valued friend of our nation. another tweets -- my condolences to the people of israel on the loss of a great letters -- a leader. democratic senator tom carper said -- ariel sharon spent his life working for peace -- may he rest in peace now. with arieldown sharon back in 1989. he was a guest on our series "look notes," were he talked about his autobiography "warrior." that is next in his little over an hour. pre
happiness,s, victories, defeats. it was a long story, a long struggle. looking forward, one can some of the influence israel should provide over the .eople of the future >> one of the most interesting things i learned when i looked through your book is that you were born and raised in israel. how may people that live there today that are involved in government are actually born there? generally three point 8 million people in israel, i believe it is about maybe 2 million immigrated to israel,
and the rest were born there. >> what was it like in those early days? >> i was born on a village on a farm. economist -- er gonomist. he was a vine is born in russia and came to the jewish homeland. my mother came straight from the university thomas finishing four years of medicine. she thought that she should be able to finish her studies in israel. to describe my youth, i would say from a realistic point of
was poverty. spiritually, it was very rich. the people were educated, having strong zionist ideolog ically. ira vermont mom worked for a hard, live a very full life, i remember my father planning, i people coming to participate, used to read poetry , so from this aspect, my life was very rich. , remember my mother working but they were highly motivated heart, work free physical labor was very important not only because you also anork, but it was
important thing and it was important to work. physical work is important and that was the way i was raised in the village. arabs -- weunded by live together with arabs. in looking back to my childhood, i always believed we can live together with the arabs. >> where was the village? >> the village was in the center of the country, not far from tel aviv, which is one of the main towns in israel. it was a small village. six families altogether it was
very hard to cultivate, no years, wateright had to be brought from the closest river, about six miles away. winter from the swamp, which was about three miles away. i would say a hard life. ist.ather was a vision my father spoke about the avocado as the food of the future. -- heried always to recommended to others. he had a beautiful farm, of course. there were security problems. we had all the security problems
nowadays you speak about. >> 61 years ago, are you 61 years old? >> yes. >> when you were born, wi-lan were you born into, and how much time -- can you remember the years before it came an actual country him in the 1948 decision? i remember in the 40 -- in a 1940's, how do they look? it was a small community. in 1948, when the independence started, the greek community was people.,000 . small community highly motivated, hard-working , people that did not have
any doubts about their rights to the land. i remember my friends always all the right over the land of israel, all the rights belong to the jews, all the right over the land are jewish rights. all the inhabitants in the country should have all the rights. but there was still a distinction. the war for independence, a very israel suffered many casualties. % were killed during the war. as a child, i was following my , and i started to study
culture in the university, but the war started. maybe the hardest thing was for me to be promoted from private to corporal. , to thehrough the ranks rank of january -- of general, then at the end of the war, i was very wounded in battle. the siege in jerusalem in may of 1948, i want to the hospital, came back, and before the end of the war, that is how it looked never tell them, do not suffer heavy casualties. self-ot remember confidence. saw goals ahead
of them. at the beginning of the war, we knew that independence was lapping at our gate. november 29, 9040 seven, the british left, and we knew they may 15,ng to leave from 1948. so we knew independence was coming, we knew hundreds of refugees were waiting in the refugee camps, europe and others were sustained by the british, would be open.s having all those goals made you work buried heart. i do not remember one day or that wethe crisis or lost our self-confidence.
it was a very dangerous war. >> [inaudible] military, it the joined the underground movement during the british time. -- i left, i served in 90s of victory, just three months -- in 1973, just three months before the civil war that took place in october, 1973. my last function was the commander of the thousand command. . commanded the front maybe the hardest part of the war petition. in mid-july 1973, i left the ofy and i became a commander the reserve army division. i commanded the division three months later. serve a majoro
general, to command the division during the yom kippur war. >> family -- you have been married twice. married in 1953 to a beautiful and charming girl who was a nurse whom i knew since she was i think 15 years old. she was a psychiatric nurse. , and in wonderful son 1962, she was killed in a road accident while driving her car through jerusalem. she was a supervisory psychiatric nurse.
son,i was left with our with all the difficulties, i still remember one of the hardest things i had was how to tell a boy who is five years old about the death of his mother, it a very complicated thing. the tears beginning to start about this tragedy. with my i got married sister wife, who is the of my first wife, and two boys then after a few after i think five years,
my first wife was killed, my oldest son was killed in a terrible accident when he was shot by another boy who played .ith a very old shotgun >> let me stopped as a second slide show this picture. >> the one over there, that was theone who was killed, and hewo were officers, is running the farm now. >> what impact in the loss of your first ice and your son --
what impact did the loss of your first wife and your son have on you? >> and they were very hard events. in every aspect. overcome and to live my life again. thing when myble first wife was killed, and then it was a terrible thing when my son was killed, and he died in my arms. he was wounded in his head, and i fell this kind of one before, -- youthere was no always have some hopes. he died in my arms. and then i thought for a while i
would not be able to overcome this. wonderfulul boy, very -- but i managed, i did manage. >> how many languages do you speak >> c-span -- we bring -- how mailing which is do you speak? hebrew, of course is my mother language, and then we all learn english, i speak russian, because my grandmother used to understandan, so i russian. i would understand a lecture if it is not too complicated. arabic. >> it seems like i hear a little french accent on your english. >> no.
it is the israeli accent. >> what about the united states? i saw in your book you are thinking at one time about joining the university of colorado on agriculture. twice the first time i came near -- >> the first am i came here after the war of independence, i had a terrible malaria, and i could not get rid of it, the doctor could not find any solution, and then they thought a change of climate might be able to overcome it, so i was a and imajor, very young, went to europe first and then i came to the united states, of course the first time i left the ,illage, our village, and came
of course i always remember going with my head up like this, and of course remember london and rome and so on, and then coming here, the first thing i -- i was in college but my tot, and she encouraged me go and have a driver license here, and i learned how to up to texas went then. , i went to antry
hotel, and then from louisiana gulf,o london, mexican to palm beach, florida. surprisedcompletely by the amount of water in bridges, and i took so many when i came home, so many of the pictures were of bridges. in israel, for a very short period, from the end of november to march, then everything is isoming -- in the winter it green and beautiful, beautiful flowers, but it is very short. then everything gets yellow, brownray, then it becomes
and so on. so for me, those bridges were the first surprise i saw coming to this country. , i gotubsequent rid of the malaria, but i was also fascinated by what i saw. i went to university in 1947alem in november of and i had to leave. -- as my father did, and i checked to a university, i was -- theinterested in -- that lifeen
developed a different direction, i came home, i served as an officer in northern command .here i met general bay on meanwhile, we are facing a wave coming across the occupied any guyies in egypt, gazaistrict -- in the district. there was a one-to-one unit to tremendousr, had a influence, then it became the commander. i managed to go by to study much later, and then i went to study .aw and get my law degree > >> you are a member of the
knesset. >> i am a member of the knesset and a member of the government. served as minister of culture, minister of defense. quite how many members are there? for to put in perspective our people. how many members are in the knesset? >> hundreds. >> how many are members of the likud party, your party. --14, we have >> members of the labor party -- >> 39. >> how many other parties? >> there are some other parties, religious parties, parties on the left and on the right, --ogether >> how long were you elected for? four years -- >> four years.
quite how may people do you represent? , ite do not have the system is not the same system that you have here. they've talked about moving into original elections, similar to what you have here. s you? elect -- there elected candidates are elected by the party convention. the party convention assuming similar -- isn't something ,imilar to what you have here likud is the largest party, 2600cratic party having members, and they elect the candidates for the parliament. >> when somebody goes into the
voting booth, who they vote for? >> they vote for a party. >> they vote for a party. >> according to the number of votes, that is the number of seats in the parliament a party will get. the system here. they're talking about changing the system. you don't have to survey constituency, you do not have to go back and shake hands with the individual district voters. hands -- to shake israel is more comfortable, generally speaking about israel, being almost daily in the headlines, people get the impression you speak about a giant. river jordan to the mediterranean, is 47 miles.
so a small, beautiful country, beautiful country. and of course it is ours, and not oil that we found there, sea iser sources, the the lowest place in earth. , 2700n be in jerusalem feet above sea level, you come to the lowest place in the world, the dead c, 500 feet below sea level. , theu know your bible guidebook, jerusalem is the capital of the jews for the last 5000 years. --hlehem
[inaudible] all the names were kept as they are in the bible. >> we're talking with ariel sharon and we are talking about his book called "warrior," and you can see it here, it is published by simon & schuster, and in the middle there you can see that this book was written ff.th david chano >> he is a young writer from boston who was introduced to me .y simon & schuster i met with him, i had to tell the story, and i had to tell the story to somebody who could tell the story, so i met with some people, and i decided that would be able to talk to david, so we
worked on this book i think about 2.5 years, but i never could take -- i used to work one month, two months, acc, talk, write, and then of course do it again. becauset an easy thing when the man is stopping to rights, he is knowledgeable about israel, too, and now i can say he knows a lot about israel. he wrote several books, and i enjoyed working with him. maybe i will have another book with him, i don't know. -- >> most of the book was done in israel. >> is the book written primarily for the american citizen? >> this book was written for the american reader. is edited the book for the israeli reader.
things that should be emphasized more. we try to do it to suit the american reader, whom i understand the problems of israel, the problems that affect israel. what we are facing, what might and try touture, ,ttract the interest of people jewish and non-jewish. israel is a special country, it is a different country than any other country. >> there is a lot that has been in severalut you, publications. i want to ask about a couple and a second. one of the ways we get to know you was through the "time" magazine libel trial. to the best i can tell, there were only two pages devoted to you.
how come so little? >> the remaining stories i could here, there are many issues i could not come, how big can a book be? --many things had to be besides that, it was a book ,ublished by simon & schuster written by an israeli writer and journalist who discussed these -- in and detailed details. it was a hard trial, and it was not easy to come over here and try to prove to this empire, "time" magazine was and is an empire, in their own backyard, when they them that
publish that report, when i had -- my laissez in the ministry, and when i read that, -- my last day in the ministry, and whenever that, i decided i had to start fighting. to try and show improvement was a lie. it was not an easy thing. it was a very long trial. it was summer when the trail started, and autumn, the leaves were read, and then the w inter came, and i even remember a beautiful girl, sitting there, she topped by getting married.
-- and she talked about getting married, and then she talked about getting pregnant. it was a long struggle, legal -- itle, it was very hard is very hard to conduct a trial in the u.s. >> what did it cost you? >> the law firm, very nice, very , the they took on me expenses by itself was almost three quarters of a million dollars. burden,f, a terrible one front was the legal front, the second front with the disaster front, then the rest conference for weeks -- press conference for weeks. of course i took advantage of that to talk about israel, our lives, issues in our region and so on.
i'm glad that i did it. here.e and son came it was a struggle. and what we managed to prove was of course that they lied about the facts, and i never encouraged,i never aboutr talked to anyone what took place. and i was very glad because i regarded it as something i could not have accepted. >> there is a bestseller in this , number one on the bestsellers list, and the audience knows that this, we have is gemma, the "new york -- we had this gentleman, the "new york times" reporter, tom friedman, and
hereby you, and i looked -- and he wrote about you, and i looked in the index, and i looked at the name sharon, and i want to read this and get your reaction and give you a chance to answer directly for you know the man, by the way. >> i have known tom friedman for many years, i met with him. hays to come to our form, use into our apartment in jerusalem. i've not read his book. but i've heard some things about the book, and i have to admit several inaccuracies. >> i have to read this -- it all rules, rule or die, one man triumphs, the other is weak. i am convinced there is only one man in israel a thought ever feared and that is ariel sharon sharon wasad knew willing to play by hanna rules.
would you agree? me, maybes afraid of that is something to avoid in it is not thet right one. i do not believe in it, i do not believe that -- it is something outrageous. i cannot accept that. i never believed in this violence and terror. i think about the man, assad, who in order to overcome a certain resistance destroyed may be one of the oldest cities in the world, leveled the city, ssad is a,000 people, a tyrant. nothing about democracy.
nown see what they're doing in lebanon. >> do you think assad fears you? >> that is what tom friedman writes. me, that may be a good thing. israel, enough to misjudge israel, to the weult -- the way that restrict ourselves, but when it comes to military strength, i think it is better to be careful. if he fears, i think maybe that is a good thing, but entirely different things, entirely different people -- we never believed in murders, we never dictatorship, we believe in democracy, a stable
democracy, we are members of the democratic government, the democratic policy, and -- >> chapter six, ariel sharon never sent yasser arafat flowers. sharon did not play games with his enemies that he killed them. -- with his enemies, he killed them. >> 50 years after the breakout of the second world war, i think maybe it is good to remember what winston churchill said to the british people in june, 1941. he said -- we will never withiate with hitler or any of his gang. thei personally believe
free world, we believe in free society, should never negotiate with assad and his gang. you speak about the man who has got more jewish blood on his hands than anybody since that time. the peace agreement with saddam, and i respect his agreement, i support his there are enemies with whom you never find any peace agreement, with the them, you never negotiate. termination, destruction, elimination of your country. think about the democrat country -- small democratic country is israel, which is the integral part of the world, and that is written in a covenant, but if you do not believe me, you can see daily events -- these are
enemies with whom you do not negotiate, with whom you cannot talk. there are people that -- take an example, there are people that there are two bees cannot be activities- their cannot be tolerated by the people of the free world, and one of these evil is qaddafi. the united states try to kill him. al-assad is in the same category. sharon, this is tom friedman again -- epitomizes the rootless, -- the ruthless european zionist. in the jacket of your book, it even calls he rootless. do you like it when they call you ruthless? it, i would like to read this -- i will find it while you respond -- here it is -- visionary and ruthless.
jacket to your book. >> ruthless, merciless? use big about determined, about determined, yes. remember what the late -- i wheneverrivilege -- the young officer, he liked every much, and he invited me, ad i remember he taught me to dareying that said is to succeed. the story of our people in the land of israel -- the story of daring. that is the story.
without daring, i don't think we could have achieved anything here. >> why do people like to write the word ruthless when they talk about ariel sharon? >> i think the question should once you believe in something, you have to fight for it. that is how i was taught at home. home, never anybody was accepted. checked -- my parents used to say always never accept anything, never take anything for granted. along accept it, it is the line that you believe that you supported. if not, fight it. that is the way how i do. maybe i had the strength to
struggle for those things i believe. i do not think i ever gave up. i did struggle. and maybe that is one reason, maybe i saw some of these earlier than others. overcome byt mocking or jogging or things like that. i was determined. >> your book, which have published him and we are talking about here, ariel sharon, "warrior," what kind of reception have you received a brownie united states around this book and how much traveling have you done to promote it? >> too much -- i came here for 10 days, very hectic days postop i have been in new york, this muddle the
guy will do more. in the future, maybe i will do more than i can do now. i've been here to the country many times. i love to come to the united states. i like this good democracy. when -- it is a friendship to israel i think a mutual friendship. the contribution of this good democracy to the world, leading well of this country in the world, i like to come here. it is also an experience. experience. >> you appeared on the phil donahue show. what was your reaction to the suggestive nature of that program. with a comfortable, were you ready for it? it took me a minute or two to realize where i work, and then of course i had to act according
the program, the way it was done, and it took me several be ons, and i managed to the stage there, it had to be done. i don't see any reason that a summary looks at you that you have to give up -- if somebody looks at you but you have to give up. it is important. >> do you have programs like that in israel? kind. of this there are some other programs, of course, and i do interviews a lot, so i might be aggressive, but we don't -- i never participated in a program of this kind. but also -- i did it. daysybe it was a couple of before that, you were scared to go on the larry king show, i happens to be watching that night.
, i diduse of that not, because it was a night with a particular discussion with -- >> george stalling, cap the appraisals opted it irritate you george onto the show -- stalling, did it irritate you to come on the show? >> no, i do not think it was personal. >> would have been the overall reaction from what you have seen by the media to you on this book? i don't have any complaints. i am glad to be here. i hope that the book will help people to understand the part of israel and our people there from every aspect.